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A Column of Fire

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Written By: Ken Follett

Narrated By: John Lee

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2017

Duration: 12 hours 13 minutes

Summary:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Absorbing . . . impossible to resist.” —The Washington Post

As Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? International bestselling author Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with his magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.
 
In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. 
 
Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.
 
The real enemies, then as now, are not the rival religions. The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost.
 
Set during one of the most turbulent and revolutionary times in history, A Column of Fire is one of Follett’s most exciting and ambitious works yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.

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  • Charlie W

    The story is fantastic. My only complaint is with regard to the two guys that stayed in Antwerp - Carlos sees his painting destroyed about half way into the novel - and that's it, we hear from them again very briefly as old men, but they played such a big part t the beginning of the story that there should have been more to it. But it's really a minor complaint. If you read the prior two books by all means read this one but it acts independently over the other 2 so you can read it alone as well. The narration, on the other hand, sucks. All of the male characters sound similar. All the male English characters are basically done in the same voice. To keep using this guy with the huge number of narrators out there is doing the book a disservice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Perry C

    Loved the history that was the backdrop of this story. I would strongly recommend this book, however, for me it was my least favorite of the trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Diana K

    I disagree regarding the narration. Sixth or seventh book I’ve heard with John Lee narration. He is now an integral part of the trilogies. I was so excited to see that he was still narrating. I hope there is a fourth set in the New World.

  • N Krehlik

    I love this series! This book did not disappoint! Narrator was excellent!

  • Charlotte M

    I really enjoyed this book and liked the historical setting. He made the historical characters so human and believable. I had some difficulty with the gory details that occurred so often. It brought us to deep reality of the pain, suffering and injustices but was not a relaxing experience. I was impressed by the reader. He made effective voice and tone changes for male, female and language accent for the various nationalities